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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Nizv 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Nizarvísur 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 361.

Steinn HerdísarsonNizarvísur

text and translation

Hætti hersa dróttinn
hugstrangr, skipa langra
hinns með halft beið annat
hundrað Dana fundar.
Næst vas, þats réð rísta
reiðr atseti Hleiðrar
þangs láð mǫrum þingat
þrimr hundruðum sunda.

Hætti {hugstrangr dróttinn hersa}, hinns beið fundar Dana með halft annat hundrað langra skipa. Næst vas, þats {reiðr atseti Hleiðrar} réð rísta {láð þangs} þingat {þrimr hundruðum mǫrum sunda}.
‘The strong-minded lord of hersar [KING = Haraldr] put himself at risk, he who awaited the encounter with the Danes with a hundred and fifty long ships. Next it happened that the furious resident of Lejre [DANISH KING = Sveinn] cut the kelp’s land [SEA] thither with three hundred steeds of the sea [SHIPS].

notes and context

The st. documents the number of ships in each fleet at the battle of the Nissan.

[5] þats ‘that’: For this conjunction, see Note to Ill Har 1/1.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Steinn Herdísarson, 1. Nizarvísur 2: AI, 407-8, BI, 376-7, Skald I, 187; ÍF 28, 148 (HSig ch. 62), F 1871, 228, E 1916, 74; ÍF 29, 265 (ch. 57); Mork 1867, 78, Mork 1928-32, 208-9, Andersson and Gade 2000, 228, 477 (MH); Flat III, 362 (MH); Fms 6, 313 (HSig ch. 77).


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